Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Cumberland & Falmouth Farmers Market. We are pleased to be able to serve the greater Falmouth, Cumberland and surrounding areas.
Currently, we run 2 outdoor markets during the summer season May-October in Falmouth on Wednesdays and Cumberland on Saturdays. As a member, you should be able to commit to one or both markets for the entire season. Members can participate in planning meetings and have voting rights. Day tables are available for those vendors looking to sell their goods for some or part of the season in either market.
Additionally, there is an optional fall harvest market November-December on Wednesdays in Falmouth. It is open to members or day table participants who have already participated during the summer season. There are no additional charges to members who want to participate. Members who choose to participate in the fall harvest market should be able to commit to the entire fall season to retain their spot. Day tables continue to pay the day table rate and are subject to the same general stipulations.
We focus on offering local food, products and services that meet the high standards of our customer base. Every vendor is carefully screened to be sure that you meet our high standards.
What products do we accept?
We accept vendors who produce locally grown food including vegetables & fruits, plants & seedlings, responsibly raised animal products, milks & cheeses, eggs, unique & handmade products, coffee, tea, spices, tinctures, lotions & soaps, bakery and ready to eat foods. At least 75% of your offerings need to be created, raised, grown or made by you.
How does a typical market day work?
We expect you will arrive no later than 30 minutes before the market start to give yourself time to set up and be ready to sell on time. Typically, many vendors arrive about 60 minutes before the market start to allow ample time for set up. You are permitted to sell no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the official market start. All vendors are expected to stay for the duration of the market day regardless if they have product to sell.
How do you deal with weather?
We are a rain or shine market and you need to plan for an eventual rainy day. In the event of a dangerous storm the Market president or onsite market coordinator can decide to end the market early or cancel ahead if the weather could create safety issues. Generally, we cancel 1-2 market days per season for weather-related issues.
What is a standard booth size?
Approximately 10’ x 10’ and a parking spot for your car/truck.
Do I need a tent or canopy?
While we don’t require them we highly recommend them. The summer season has days of bright hot sun and for the comfort of yourself, your products and your customers you should invest in one. You are required to weigh down your booth apparatus to prevent safety issues. There are commercial sandbags and weights available for that purpose.
What other equipment or supplies should I have?
You may need the following to successfully run your business at the market:
Tool kit with tape, index cards, markers, scissors, elastics, bungees and a first aid kit.
A battery-operated scale.
Calculator, pens, pencils, notebook, receipt book, brochures, business cards
Ability to collect multiple payment forms. Due to technological advances, customers now have expectations to pay via credit or debit card.
Cash box to provide change.
Plates, napkins and/or utensils.
Signage for your business and/or products with clear pricing.
Are there exclusive rights to sell certain products?
Is booth placement pre-assigned?
Each on-site market coordinator will assign you a spot for the entire season. They work to create a cohesive plan that works for customers and vendors. You may express specific needs so they can plan appropriately. Typically, you will not move your spot during the season unless necessary to optimize traffic flow.
Is electricity available?
Generally, no. You should bring a portable generator.
Are bathroom facilities available?
What is the timing for accepting new vendors?
Generally, all decisions about new vendors are made by March of the market year. New vendors are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. If space is still available after the deadline we will continue to accept applications for members or day tables throughout the season.
What licenses, insurance and fees are required for participating vendors?
All vendors must be licensed as a mobile vendor by the State of Maine. Vendors selling food or food-related products are subject to additional licensing and permits. There may be other permits and licenses you will need to conduct your business in Maine. For more information on permits & licensing click here.
All vendors must carry general liability insurance that specifically names the Falmouth & Cumberland Farmers Market and specific towns and/or locations as covered entities. If accepted, you will receive specific info for what your Certificate of Insurance (COI) should contain. The annual fee is $250 for members and $25 per day for day table participants paid in advance.